Emilia's research and teaching interests include: documentary art practices, film and new media; plant-human encounters, bio-piracy and botanical conflicts; laughter and science fiction.
Her monograph Art and Emergency: Modernism in Twentieth-Century India was published by IB Tauris in 2017. Her writings have been published by Art Journal, Art Bulletin, Marg, Frieze, Modern Painters, 1000Words and The Burlington Magazine. Her essay on the biomorphic sculptures of Mrinalini Mukherjee will be included in the forthcoming MetBreuer catalogue Mrinalini Mukherjee.
At the Ruskin, she teaches the History and Theory of Visual Culture, leading a course, alongside Malcolm Bull, on Photography and Globalisation.